The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 30 September 2021

If you are planning to travel

Advice on what to keep in mind when planning to travel.

Certificate requirements for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden

Recommendations for people entering Sweden from abroad

For all travel and when staying away from home

  • Find out in advance what rules and recommendations that apply at your destination.
  • Do not travel at all if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Make sure you can self-isolate at your destination or travel home safely, without putting others at risk of infection, if you develop symptoms.

You should also consider what to do if someone in your party falls ill:

What to do if you fall ill

For people who are not fully vaccinated

The general guidelines for people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 also apply when travelling. You should keep a distance from others, avoid close contacts with people in risk groups and those over 70 years of age.

For domestic travel

The spread of COVID-19 is hard to predict and can change quickly at your destination. This could result in local regulations and restrictions being introduced at short notice, which could affect your possibility to travel home. If you need to stay away longer than planned, you may need to arrange additional accommodation and alternative travel.

Follow the national and regional recommendations in force at your destination. All travellers should follow the advice and instructions provided by their travel organisers and accommodation providers such as the hotel where you are staying.

For international travel

Whatever your destination, as an individual traveller you have a great responsibility. If your travel is imminent, you should contact your travel organiser and your insurance company if you have any questions about cancellation or rebooking and what applies to you.

All travellers should keep themselves informed about the entry rules that apply for their destination, and follow the advice and instructions from the local authorities.

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What to keep in mind when you are abroad

When you are abroad, you should follow the general recommendations of the Swedish authorities to prevent the spread of infection.

How to protect yourself and others from being infected with COVID-19

All travellers should keep themselves well-informed about the situation at their destination and follow the advice and instructions of the local authorities.

Requirements may change during your stay in your destination country. If you need to stay away longer than planned, be prepared to organise additional accommodation and alternative travel home. The spread of infection on board a mode of public transport in international operation (e.g. aircraft and ferries) may result in the entire mode of transport being quarantined at border crossings at the discretion of local authorities. If, for example, a cruise ship is placed in quarantine, this may mean that passengers are prevented from leaving the ship.

If you become ill while abroad

If you fall ill when abroad follow the local guidelines on when you are no longer considered to be infectious. Depending on which rules apply in the country you are visiting, there is a risk that you will not be allowed to travel home if you: have COVID-19 symptoms, have had a positive PCR test result or have been around someone who has tested positive.

Entering Sweden from abroad

All travellers to Sweden are recommended to get tested for COVID-19 upon entry. 

Recommendations for people entering Sweden from abroad

The Government can impose an entry ban to Sweden and other precautionary measures that limit the possibility to travel to Sweden.

Questions and answers about the entry ban to Sweden

Digital COVID certificate

The Digital COVID certificate is a document that shows that you have received an approved COVID-19 vaccine, tested negative for the COVID-19 virus, or recovered from a COVID-19 infection. The document is free of charge. This digital service is based on a cooperation between the countries in the EU to facilitate travelling within the EU. In Sweden the certificate is called Covidbevis.

The certificate can be used in Sweden and in the EU. However, each member state of the EU decides on requirements for entry.

COVID Certificate (eHälsomyndigheten)

EU Digital COVID Certificate (European Commission)

Travel certificate

Many countries require a certificate showing that you do not have COVID-19 to allow entry from abroad. Other countries require a certificate for their citizens to be able return home without needing to be quarantined.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden does not perform tests and cannot give information or give any recommendation about private health care providers.

Air travel

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) requires face masks to be worn during air travel. Contact your airline to find out what rules they have.

If you do wear a face mask, it is important to use the right kind and wear the mask correctly. 

How to use single use face masks

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